Proper handling of Fuji RAF files for sharpening

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It is widely known that trying to sharpen Fuji RAF files from their X-Trans II sensor is not done properly, as adobe hasn't built in proper handling for the file.  

There are several products on the market now that DO handle RAF files properly when sharpening. 
When is Adobe going to get on board with this?
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LR's default sharpening is set up for Bayer type sensors used by Nikon, Canon etc so I am not sure how Adobe could handle that type of sensor and the Fuji X-trans...but surely they are clever enough?  Anyhow with the Fuji XT2 which is an X-trans III sensor Fuji jpegs are very sharp and by comparing RAF and jpeg Fine versions of the same image I have found that applying a sharpening preset on import to the RAF gives an acceptable result.  I use Amount 40, Radius 1.0 (the default), Detail 40, Masking 30. I then may alter the masking on individual images depending on the subject.  I never had a camera with an X-trans II sensor but I have read that the Detail needs to be higher, perhaps 60?  Hope that helps.
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This is issue for me too. I am getting a way better pictures when shooting directly to jpegs than from Lightroom processed RAWs. What a shame...
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use x-transformer from Iridient = $30... a little hassle but so much to gain (including switching off undesired optics corrections parameters_
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Works terrible on Android tablet (not at all). Already tried on Windows but was not so satisfied with results.
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our mileage is certainly different (but I naturally don't use any tablets for raw conversion because of their poor CPU/GPU performance)
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Amount 40 is a bit too much, you should be good with 25.
I try to not change any sharpening setting, just toss the 40 value which is the new default.
Iridient X Transformer helps a little bit, but not much. It is relatively inexpensive and you can try it out.
The best RAW transformer for RAF is Capture One. The latest v11 is just amazing for this. I wish Adobe team would be able to get something as good -- NO WORM EFFECT.